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9 a.m. Update 547 People Report to Emergency Shelters, More than 3,500 Power Outages Reported

Sep 14, 2018

As of 7:30 a.m., 547 people have reported to the seven emergency shelters opened by the County. FAST buses have transported 68 residents to shelters.

Weather

The National Weather Service is predicting 10 to 15 inches of rain and possibly up to 20 inches for our area. Sustained winds are expected to reach 40-50 mph, gusting at 60-70 mph.

Impacts from Hurricane Florence are just now starting to be felt across the Coastal Plain and conditions will deteriorate rapidly today. Prolonged life-threatening inland flooding event from heavy rain is expected across much of southern and eastern N.C.

River flood warnings have been issued for the Cape Fear River.

Road conditions

Traffic signals are flashing yellow along Highway 301 from Black and Decker Road to Tom Starling Road.

Although trees have begun falling across the region, no major road blockages have been reported at this time.

Power Outages

Power outages continue throughout Cumberland County. As of 6:45 a.m., PWC reported 549 customers without power. County-wide there are 3,535 outages reported.

PWC crews will not be responding due to winds speeds being above the safe limit for operating equipment. Crews do not respond when sustained winds are above 35mph/gusts 45 mph.

Dangerous winds will also result in downed trees which will likely culminate in widespread and prolonged power outages.

Shelters

Shelter

Capacity

Current Population

at 7:30 a.m.

Kiwanis Recreation Center

100

54

Mac Williams Middle School

105

94

Pine Forest High School

225

87

Seventy-First High School

295

81

Smith Recreation Center

100

61

South View High School

310

150

W. T. Brown Elementary School

90

20

TOTAL

1,225

547

 

There may be a limited number of cots at some shelters and residents are encouraged to take sleeping bags, blankets, mats, and /or cots.

Anyone who needs assistance with transportation to one of the shelters must call 910-678-7657 to submit a transportation request. FAST will continue transporting residents to shelters until it is no longer safe to transport.

The latest NWS Weather Briefing is available online at http://www.weather.gov/media/rah/briefing/NWSRaleighLatestBriefing.pdf